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Poland: Wealth Tax on Bank and Insurance Assets Effective from 1 February 2016 - On 15 January 2016, the Polish parliament passed...

At the same time, the legislator decreed that this new wealth tax will not affect the terms and conditions governing the rendering of financial and insurance services under contracts concluded prior to 1 February 2016....more

Proposal Calls for CA Insurers to Divest From Coal

On January 25, 2016, California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones asked California insurers to voluntarily divest their investments in the thermal coal industry. In addition, beginning in April 2016, California insurers...more

European Supervisory Authorities Request Response from European Commissioner to Inconsistencies in Cross-Selling Legislation

On 26 January 2016, the Chairpersons of the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) (i.e. EBA, EIOPA and ESMA) sent a letter to the European Commissioner for the Directorate General Financial Stability, Financial Services and...more

FDIC Seeks Comments on Revised Proposed Rule That Would Amend How Small Banks are Assessed for Deposit Insurance

On January 21, the FDIC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would amend how FDIC-insured banks with less than $10 billion in assets are assessed for deposit insurance. Specifically, the proposed rule would “update the...more

FinCEN Geographic Targeting Order Affects Miami-Dade County Residential Purchases Exceeding $1 Million

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) on Jan. 13, 2016, issued a Geographic Targeting Order (GTO or the Order) requiring title insurance companies, subsidiaries and agents (each a...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #8

PRA bans former Co-op Bank individuals - PRA has prohibited Barry Tootell, former Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive of the Co-operative Bank Plc (Co-op Bank) and Keith Alderson, former Managing Director of the...more

FDIC Issues Letter Announcing Nationwide Seminars for Bank Officers and Employees

On January 19, the FDIC issued FIL-6-2016 announcing that, between February 23, 2016 and December 5, 2016, it will conduct six identical live seminars regarding FDIC deposit insurance coverage for bank employees and bank...more

West Coast Real Estate Update: Jan. 2016 #3

Reporting Leases on the Balance Sheet - The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) announced on Jan. 13, 2016, a new ­– and materially different – manner of accounting for leases. The new standard, IFRS 16...more

The Federal Housing Finance Agency Releases Final Rule on Federal Home Loan Bank Membership

On January 12, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) issued a final rule establishing new requirements for membership in the Federal Home Loan Banks (“FHLBanks”). The FHLBanks are 11 U.S. government-sponsored...more

SEC Provides Long-Awaited Guidance on Fund Distribution and Sub-Accounting Fees

Guidance Update No. 2016-01, published this month by the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, provides extensive guidance concerning the possibility that payments from mutual funds are being used to promote sales of the...more

FHFA Issues Final Rule Amending Regulations Governing Eligibility for FHLBank Membership

On January 12, the FHFA issued a final rule amending membership eligibility in the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) system. The final rule, which follows the FHFA’s September 2014 proposal to revise the requirements for...more

Commodity finance: protecting the lender’s rights over the borrower’s insurance

Introduction - In commodity finance structures it is usual for the lender to require the borrower to arrange insurance cover for the goods that serve as collateral for the loan. This is because if the goods are damaged,...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 15, 2016 (and bonus opinion from January 20)

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Amendment to Foreclosure Rules and Forms: Florida Supreme Court amended Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.115 and Forms 1.944 and 1.996 to conform with § 702.015, Fla. Stat. (2015) and “expedite...more

From Park Avenue to Ocean Drive, High End Residential Real Estate Transactions Under the Microscope

The U.S. government’s aggressive push to combat international money laundering is entering a new phase by focusing on real estate investments. On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the U.S....more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #6

Commission reports on volatility of own funds - The Commission has reported to EP and the Council on the effect of the revised International Accounting Standard (IAS) 19 on employee benefits, on the volatility of own...more

The Federal Housing Finance Agency Releases Final Rule on Federal Home Loan Bank Membership

On January 12, 2016, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) issued a final rule establishing new requirements for membership in the Federal Home Loan Banks (“FHLBanks”). The FHLBanks are 11 U.S. government-sponsored...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #3

FCA publishes pensions report - FCA has published its Retirement Income Market Data report for the period of July to September 2015. It covers: - choices made by consumers accessing their pensions; -...more

FinCEN Targets “All Cash” Real Estate Deals in Manhattan and Miami

On January 13, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury), as part of its continued efforts to combat money laundering, issued its first Geographic...more

U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency Acts to Prohibit Federal Home Loan Bank Membership by Captive Insurance Companies

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA or Agency) on January 12, 2016 finalized a portion of the proposed rule that it had issued on September 12, 2014 redrawing the criteria for Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) membership....more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #1

TIA publishes guidance on paperless transfers - TIA has published industry guidance on paperless renunciation or transfer of units or shares in authorised investment funds. The guidance sets out measures that operators...more

Should an Annuity Be Part of Your Retirement Planning?

Annuities can be valuable retirement and longevity planning tools, but they are complex financial products that can be misused. There are two kinds of annuities: variable and immediate. Variable annuities have gotten a bad...more

Court Denies Motion To Dismiss By Bank And Its Affiliated Reinsurer In RICO Suit

This dispute involves class action claims under RICO, claims for unjust enrichment and allegations that Bank of America and its affiliate reinsurer engaged in a conspiracy to defraud home mortgage borrowers into funding sham...more

Revisiting 2015's New Flood Regulations

The past few years have brought about a steady stream—if not quite a flood—of changes to the federal mandatory purchase of flood insurance requirements (mandatory purchase requirements). Most recently, on July 21, 2015, the...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.13.16

Likely prompted by its ongoing SIFI battle, MetLife is reportedly looking to spin off its retail life and annuity business and break up what’s now the largest life insurance company in the US, with $880 billion in assets –...more

The PRA Publishes Guidance on Financial Conglomerate Waivers

On January 4, the Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) published guidance on the application and supplementary forms that should be submitted by firms requesting a Financial Groups Directive waiver. The Financial Groups...more

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